Here is a simple number activity you can make to use at home. I used a die cut machine to make mitten shapes, but you can cut any shape or buy shapes at a teacher store and many craft stores. I did each matching mitten a different color so the children just didn't match the colors; you could also make them all out of one color. I laminated the paper for durability, but you may not need to at home. The numbers were also made from a die cut machine, but you also could just write them with a marker. The small circles were made with a shape punch available at local craft stores.
You can do a variety of activities with just these:
- Children find the matching number to amount of dots.
- Children put all the mittens with the dots in order.
- Children put all the numbers in order.
- Children can put the correct number of clothespins on either the number or the dots- great fine motor skill
- If you make them all one color, you can play a memory game, find the match for number and dots. You can play it with the multi color ones too.
- Tie a small rope between two chairs and have the children clip the mittens using clothespins onto the rope like a clothesline in order.
- Pull a number out of a bag and find the matching mitten in dots.
- Pull a number out of a bag and find that number of objects.
- As children get more skilled with numbers, they should be able to look at the dots and without counting each dot, be able to tell how many are there at a glance.
- Use the dots as a simple adding game, take a mitten with one dot and a mitten with two dots and how many dots do you have now, can you find that number?
I am sure you will think of other ideas to do with an activity like this. It does not need to be mitten shape, use any shape you like.